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Cultivating Reform: Planting The Seeds For Healing The Food System

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In late October, the Yale Rudd Center got a visit from Olivier De Schutter, the U.N. Special Rapporteur on the Right To Food. He began his talk, Reforming the Food Systems: Making the Transition Succeed,  by painting a bleak picture. There are three areas in which our food systems are failing us, De Schutter said: ecological limits, social [...]

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Molecules to Medicine

Ebola – the World’s Katrina

A staff member at the MSF's Ebola management center in Monrovia - Caroline Van Nespen/MSF

To anyone who follows infectious disease outbreaks, it is no great surprise that the most immediate, looming threat, Ebola, has received scant attention until recently. Even now, the world’s response has been incomprehensibly and seemingly irresponsibly slow. Why is this the case? Likely because of disparities in the power and wealth of people affected by [...]

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Molecules to Medicine

Ebola and Priorities in Drug Development

Ebola in Guinea (flickr Euro Comm DG ECHO)

News is rapidly changing regarding Ebola. Even as I’ve been writing this post, we’ve gone from “There is no treatment except supportive care” to NIH’s Dr. Fauci saying a potential vaccine “could be given to health workers in affected African countries sometime in 2015.”⁠ This optimistic projection was a surprise to me, as normally it [...]

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Molecules to Medicine

Reflections from a Woman on “Otherness” in Medicine

No sexism, racism, homophobia

When Danielle N. Lee, a PhD biologist, was likened to a whore last week for declining to work for free, I was furious. She and Scicurious proposed a series of posts on diversity in science and I reached out, asking if my perspective as a woman physician might be of interest. (As a physician, and [...]

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Molecules to Medicine

Breach of a Community’s Trust

Community Sentiment

I’m back in Boothbay Harbor for a much anticipated summer vacation, and have promptly become immersed again in the fight over Lincoln County Healthcare (LCH) and MaineHealth’s plan to close St. Andrews hospital, beginning with the Emergency Room, causing it to lose valuable Critical Access Hospital designation. I wrote some about this last summer here [...]

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Molecules to Medicine

Yahrzeit – Reflections on Dan Markingson’s Legacy

Angel of Grief

This research ethics series uses the story of Dan Markingson’s participation in a clinical trial of anti-psychotic drugs at the University of Minnesota, his suicide 2004 while participating on the study, and subsequent events as a case study in which to explore various aspects of clinical trial conduct. In previous posts, I’ve looked at issues [...]

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Molecules to Medicine

A New University of Minnesota Mystery-The Curious Departure of Mark Rotenberg

All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing. -Edmund Burke One month ago, Mike Howard, family friend of Dan Markingson, who committed suicide while participating in a clinical trial at the UMN, launched a petition requesting that Governor Mark Dayton launch an independent investigation of research misconduct in [...]

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Molecules to Medicine

An Elegy for Aaron

This post is in honor of Aaron Swartz. I had long considered posting my book as open access but had hesitated in doing so, even though I have long been an enthusiast about OLPC and Creative Commons.  Aaron’s tragic death prompted my urgent reconsideration and offering.   For me, it is the pictures of Aaron, [...]

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Molecules to Medicine

Hurricanes, Poverty, and Neglected Infections

This week, the anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, is always a time for me for reflection on poverty and justice in America. Katrina brought focus to our country’s disparities and the response—or lack thereof—to disasters. And now, ironically on the anniversary of Katrina, Hurricane Isaac struck New Orleans again. Even prior to the Hurricane, in 2005, [...]

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The Urban Scientist

Diverisity in Science Writing addressed at 2014 ScienceWriting Conference

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The annual ScienceWriters meeting is a joint meeting of the National Association of Science Writers and the Council for the Advancement of Science Writing.  It is a meeting for science writers, by science writers, with content to appeal to both the newest writers and seasoned professionals. This year I am attending for the first time [...]

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The Urban Scientist

Addressing the science assault problem requires hearing ALL calls for help…& responding

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On Friday, I saw people responding to reading a New York Times Op-Ed piece (published September 18, 2014) about the Sexual Assault Problem in Science.  In late July several major news outlets reported on this problem, too.  Women in the Sciences Report Harassment and Assault (July 24, 2014) is the most ground-breaking and important research [...]

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The Urban Scientist

My Story Collider Story – Working Twice as Hard

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I must extend a very, very big thank you to Ben Lillie and Erin Barker of The Story Collider and giving me a chance to share my personal experiences in and with science. Story Collider is an amazing program and vehicle for sharing science stories. If you get a chance to attend or participate, then [...]

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The Urban Scientist

Charges dropped against #KieraWilmot, now let’s shower her with science love

KW soli

#Solidarity4Wilmot prevails. Thank you! Charges dropped against Kiera Wilmot. Yes! And YES!! Anyone else doing backflips? This news, combined with her full expulsion from school (for next year) being over turned makes me very, very happy for her. (Though I’m thinking ahead – would returning to Bartow High School be in her best interest? Others [...]

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The Urban Scientist

Updates on #KieraWilmot, Legal Fund created

Thank you, thank you, thank you for reaching out and speaking up for #KieraWilmot and showing #Solidarity4Wilmot.  I teared up as I read all of the offers of support to assist Kiera and other students all over the country. I was amazed, but not at all surprised. I know this community of educators, teachers, scientists, [...]

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The Urban Scientist

Scientists’ Support for Kiera Wilmot #Solidarity4Wilmot

KW soli

Here’s what we now know. Kiera Wilmot was re-creating the Drano Aluminum foil experiment at school. She was outside, before the morning bell. She recreated one of those Wow! Science experiments, the kind we see on Myth Busters or You’ve Been Warned! Folks love those shows. They love doing that crazy stuff at home (although [...]

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The Urban Scientist

Florida teen charged with felony for trying science

News of Kiera Wilmot’s arrest has seriously unnerved me. She is the Florida high school student who was experimenting with common household chemicals in science class that resulted in a minor explosion. There were no injuries and no damage to school property; however, she was taken away in handcuffs, formally arrested and expelled from school. [...]

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The Urban Scientist

In defense of Michael Vick’s right to tell his whole story

M Vick Finally Free books

The Mandingo fight scene of Django Unchained really disturbed me.  Two men were fighting for their lives. They were not competing over resources for survival, like food or shelter or access to mates or to protect their young. No, they were fighting for the entertainment of others. (This is not natural, might I add.)  They [...]

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The Urban Scientist

Obesity Coverage in Black Newspapers Mostly Negative, University of Missouri Study Finds

MU Obesity Coverage

Why my campaign to promote quality and relevant science news in the Black Press matters: Real outcomes are at stake. Science Literacy is Social Justice! Obesity Coverage in Black Newspapers is Mostly Negative, MU Study Finds Negative health stories could discourage men in the African-American community from taking action Feb. 14, 2013 Story Contact(s): Nathan [...]

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The Urban Scientist

The complicated relationship of Economics & Education and how we conflate race & class issues in the United States

So even after Affirmative Action, there still weren’t very many Blacks and Mexican students enrolled in selective colleges and universities. Why? Because they didn’t meet the entry standards. That makes sense. But what isn’t thoroughly addressed (in this clip) is the reason why. Professor Lino Graglia admits he is not exactly sure why idea why [...]

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